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Happy birthday, Champlain!

Historic sites at both ends of the Lake Champlain Bridge will host the climax Quadricentennial Festival of Nations event on the weekend of Sept. 18-20.

On Friday, Sept. 18, in addition to the atlatl workshop (pre-registration required) at Chimney Point State Historic Site in Vermont, special programming for visiting school groups will be offered at nearby Crown Point State Historic Site and aboard the Lois McClure replica schooner which will be docked at Crown Point Reservation Campground's renovated steamboat dock.

On Friday morning, "Samuel Champlain" [portrayed by Don Thompson] will twice present, under a large tent at the New York State historic site, a most interesting and timely educational program about his life and his excursion on Lake Champlain 400 years ago. And vocalist and instrumentalist Linda Russell will perform, in a covered pavilion at the New York State historic site, two morning concerts of authentic music familiar to Lake Champlain inhabitants during the 1700s.

After lunchtime, visiting school groups will follow archeological tours led by knowledgeable archeologists who will show the organized student groups what they have been discovering at Crown Point this year. Other options during the school field trip day include viewings of the new high-definition digital video program and the new "Raids, Redoubts, Redcoats, and Ruins" exhibition, both inside the museum at Crown Point State Historic Site. Group reservations are required.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, there will be free admission to more public programming at Chimney Point State Historic Site, at Crown Point Reservation Campground, and at Crown Point State Historic Site. Activities at Chimney Point include an atlatl competition, craft demonstrations, and music by Atlantic Crossing and by the Seth Warner Fife and Drum Corps. At the campground and historic site on the New York end of the Lake Champlain Bridge, Sept. 19 is Crown Point Quadricentennial Day, sponsored by the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission as a legacy project.

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